August 27, 2013 — 7 Action News reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received 70,072 complaints about the Mirena IUD since 2000. Most of the complaints involve moderate side effects like acne, headaches, and back pain. However, since 2008, thousands of women have reported severe side effects like uterine perforation, abdominal pain, migration, embedment of Mirena in the uterus or abdomen, and more.
Mirena IUD complication reports since 2008:
- 4,775 reports of device dislocation (migration, embedment, erosion, etc.)
- 3,774 reports of abdominal pain
- 1,322 reports of uterine perforation
Mirena is an intra-uterine device (IUD) birth control device that was created by Bayer HealthCare. Since it was approved in the U.S. in 2000, over 2 million women have had Mirena implanted in their uterus.
Unfortunately, hundreds of women have suffered severe complications when the IUD spontaneously perforated their uterus. Surgery is the only way to remove Mirena when it migrates into the abdomen. This can lead to complications like a liver laceration, appendectomy, hysterectomy, permanent nerve damage, infertility, and more.
The problem is that many women were not aware of these severe side effects when they chose to use Mirena. Although Bayer warns about the risk of uterine perforation during implantation procedure, they did not warn about spontaneous uterine perforation that can occur at any time after Mirena is implanted.